February 22nd, 2007

Party Guy

Happy Birthday, swampy!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

superstitious-pies
Minc'd or Christmas-pies, nick-nam'd by the Puritans.
--B.E.'s Dictionary of the Canting Crew, 1699


Washington's Birthday
Thanksgiving on Washington's Birthday?

On February 22, 1631 -- on the first anniversary of the introduction of popcorn to settlers by Native Americans and exactly 101 years before the birth of George Washington -- an off-season thanksgiving celebration took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. This Puritan version differed from the modern ones in that it focused on fasting -- abstinence rather than overindulgence. American humorist Charles Browne, better known as Artemus Ward, wryly looked back on these religious "pilgrims," writing in The London Punch Letters (1866): "The Puritans nobly fled from a land of despotism to a land of freedom, where they could not only enjoy their own religion, but prevent everybody else from enjoying his." The Massachusetts Bay Colony's first governor, John Winthrop, was called "the father of his country" long before George Washington was born.

Well I'll be darn'd.

-The Gn'ch
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I Came, I Saw, I Blogged

I'm doing a stint as a blogger for Comixpedia through the end of February, as part of their "Blogger Tryouts" period. I've been discussing mostly generic "business and art of webcomicry" stuff so far, but I'm certainly open for suggestions if there's anything people would specifically like me to write about. Check out my Comixpedia blog here and let me know what you think!

-The Gneech
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